About Last Night

I know I’m getting old when I’m real happy to hear about a show starting at 7:30, which means I’ll be out of the club by 9:30 or 10. A friend passed along a ticket for the MTV/CMJ Advance Warning Tour at The Troubadour last night. To be totally honest, I didn’t even know it was some kind of special “Tour” thing. I just heard Longwave was playing and that was reason enough for me to venture out to see some music. They played an amazing set and seem to be really big fans of loud feedback. Good thing I brought ear plugs.

Before they took the stage, I was lucky enough to catch White Light Motorcade, who totally rocked. Coincidentally, I was listening to some music for work earlier in the afternoon and they happened to be on a compilation. Some things are just meant to be, while other things like seeing The Ravonettes and The Mooney Suzuki are not. The Ravonettes just suck, even if the girl plays pretty guitars and looks good. The Mooney Suzuki put on an entertaining show, but frankly the novelty wore off after the first time I saw them.

No Airplay For Copy-Protected CDs?

According to an Aussie news article, it seems that stations who use a digital playout system may not be able to give certain CDs any airplay. Yet another reason copy protection needs some more work and thought…or wait, how about no copy protection?!

In releated news, I defeated a copy-protected CD by taking an X-Acto knife to the outer edge of a CD and voila, it now plays (and rips) on my Mac. Yippee.

A Playlist For April

In my ongoing crusade to spread the good word about great bands, here’s a playlist worth listening to. The songs that aren’t available for download are unreleased, but you can probably find them elsewhere. The files will only be available through the end of the month. Enjoy.

01 Longwave . Pool Song
from the album The Strangest Things

02 Cave In . Anchor
from the album Antenna

03 Ikara Colt . Rudd
from the album Chat And Business

04 The Stills . Still In Love Song

05 Phaser . Life And Illusion
from the album Sway

06 Nerami . Uninspired
from the album Nerami

07 The Thorns . Such A Shame

08 Ed Harcourt . All Of Your Days Will Be Blessed
from the album From Every Sphere

09 Turin Brakes . Pain Killer
from the album Ether Songs

10 Ben Harper . When It’s Good
from the album Diamonds On The Inside

11 Weekend Players . Jericho
from the album Pursuit Of Happiness

12 The Notwist . Pick Up The Phone
from the album Neon Golden

13 The Postal Service . We Will Become Silhouettes
from the album Give Up

14 Muggs . Fat City
from the album Dust

15 The Peak Show . Flow – OG

16 The Delgados . All You Need Is Hate
from the album Hate

17 Mull Historical Society . Live Like Automatics
from the album Us

18 Calla . Strangler
from the album Televise

19 The Bens . Just Pretend

20 Tom McRae . Walking To Hawaii
from the album Just Like Blood

They’re Coming To Take You Away

And it ain’t to the funny farm. 4 students have been sued by the RIAA for allegedly hosting between 75,000 and 1 million files. Wow, that’s quite a gap!

[T]he music industry has been slow to adapt to the changing patterns of music consumers, many of whom want their music on an a la carte, or song-by-song basis, as opposed to buying an entire CD.

Slow?! They downright just haven’t adapted. Give the people what they want and they will pay for it. Rumor has it, Apple may be up to something good. In any case, the longer the industry takes to change it’s ways and embrace the Internet as a tool by which to promote bands, the longer people are going to get used to eating for free. Know what I’m sayin?

Mull Historical Society Dates

UK import, Mull Historical Society will be playing a handfull of dates in the US. His latest album, Us is fantastic and should be acquired immediately.

04.21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Bear’s Place
04.22 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwells
04.23 – New York, NY @ Fez Under Time Café
04.24 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
04.26 – Seattle, WA @ Green Room (early show)
04.28 – San Francisco, CA @Café du Nord
04.29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
04.30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory

Copyproof Ready To Go?

What’s laughable about the efforts of the labels trying to to curb the piracy of music is that it simply cannot be done. Try as they might, every single copy protection scheme that they have come up with has failed. It’s like I’ve said before, for every technology that they develop, there’s a 12 year-old kid that’s ten steps ahead of them.

Hail To The Thief, Indeed

Several people have emailed me with information regarding a leak of the new Radiohead album to the net. No one seems to be able to confirm if it’s the finished product or not, but it sounds like it to me. Want to give it a listen for yourself? Try combing the forums on ateaseweb.com. And no, I’m not going to post it here or send it to you.